Saturday, November 30, 2002
Putting California Into Words
California — and particularly Los Angeles — may defy comprehension, but they cannot escape explanation.
The Riches Of The $12 Room
Cheap hotels have a personality that is unmediated by designers and corporate honchos.
Friday, November 29, 2002
In Media Res
Will the economic interests of the media undermine objective news coverage?
From 'Hanukah' To Eternity
What's so funny about identifying who's a Jew? Why is Sandler's song so entertaining to so many people — particularly Jewish people?
Telling It Online: It's A Man's World (Isn't It?)
Where were the women?
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Big Food Has Become A Big Problem
Politicians and health officials must address pandemic obesity.
Pilgrims' Pit Stop
On the way to Thanksgiving, Maryland house sees a comucopia of America.
The New Gatekeepers At The Restroom Door
Like an endangered species that suddenly appears in every backyard, restroom attendants are showing up in restaurants where you least expect to find them, and in greater numbers than you might imagine.
The Gift Of Mayhem
Millions of American adults have lost all sense of what are appropriate forms of play for children and teenagers.
The Truth About Squire Romolee
Thanksgiving's authenticity does not derive from its history but from the way it renews, year after year, the dream of American abundance.
What happens when the Internet takes over from Shakespeare and Goethe?
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Why Self-Esteem Doesn't Work
We must teach our children to fend for themselves and to cope when life deals them a low blow.
Americans are really chowing down at 'quick casual' restaurants.
Yes, But Are You Happy?
Money may be good, but friends — be they real or imaginary — are better.
Paul And George, Yesterday Meets Tomorrow
Harrison's and McCartney's albums are not merely as reflections of different lifestyle choices, but also are interpretations of rock itself.
A Wanderer At Home In Grass And Stardust
Where is home, cowboy? My mind buzzed.
Aides Find Ledger From First Congress
The handwriting is a fastidious cursive, the signatures include those of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the columns record an era when senators were paid the lofty wage of $6 a day.
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
God And China
China is in many ways freer than it has ever been, but alongside all that sparkles is the old police state. Particularly in remote areas, police can arrest people and torture or kill them with impunity, even if they are trying to do nothing more than worship God.
Lost On The Air: The Write Stuff
In the desire to be seen and heard, loudly, sports reporters are getting more exposure — at the cost of credibility.
Stanislaw Lem made hard science and deep philosophy into some of the greatest science fiction you've never seen. Now his classic Solaris is getting the Hollywood treatment.
Barcelona's Great Urban Spaces
The city has a long, complex history, distinguished by an unquenchable desire for independence.
The Censor And The Artist: A Murky Border
In this evolving environment, artists seeking access to images and information often find themselves in battle with companies determined to protect their content and trademarks from unauthorized use.
A Mummy's Bequest: Poems From A Master
A mummy's gift, a forsaken papyrus scroll borne these 2,100 years or so over an entombed breast, now stands revealed to scholars as a multifaceted jewel of epigrammatic poetry from the cultural heyday of Alexandrian Egypt.
Monday, November 25, 2002
Tech & Science
For 50 years, Disney's Imagineers have put the tech magic in the Magic Kingdom. Now economic pressures are bringing the grand ambitions back down to earth, where it's a smaller world after all.
The Secret Life Of Us
We censor it, sentimentalise it, treat it as a commodity. But we can't reduce its power. Why art now matters more than ever.
At Mexico's Hacienda de San Antonio, the only stress is saying no to all the pampering. So don't.
Writer Dan Savage's Sins And Sensibility
"The Internet enabled the 42 American guys who like to have sex while dressed up as stuffed animals to find each other. And now they have conventions, too."
A Pig Returns To The Farm, Thumbing His Snout At Orwell
An American novelist has written a parody of "Animal Farm," and the estate of George Orwell is not happy about it.
I don't know if it strikes you as odd that of all the arenas of human endeavor, the one that has produced the best-selling computer game of all time is the American suburb.
They Call Me Assassin
Hidden within one of the most benign of New York establishments, the neighborhood deli, dwells a silent killer. The fiend in question is not insidious bacteria, or even Steven Seagal. He is a cat, and that is often the only name he has: "Cat."
At the edge of our reservation settlement there lived an old man whose arm was twisted up winglike along his side, and who was for that reason named for a butterfly—Shamengwa.
Sunday, November 24, 2002
This month's election was the first one since 1990 that was not, in some sense, a referendum on Bill Clinton.
Tech & Science
Walker In The Wireless City
While most people were not watching, New York has become host to yet another layer of infrastructure, a random, interlinking constellation of what are called "wireless access points."
Are You Panicking Yet?
I realised it made sense to strip Christmas of all emotion and treat it as a military operation.
What's The Big Idea?
Where do creative people get their inspiration, and why we're all more creative than we think.
Go West, Young Mutant
In Southern California, Sci-Fi found a space in the sun.
Is This Any Way To Run A Divorce?
When Eli and Debbie split up, after 15 years of marriage, they worked really hard to do right by their kids. The result looks a lot different from the stereotypes.
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Tech & Science
The New Convergence
Ever so gingerly, science has been backing away from its case-closed attitude toward the transcendent unknown.
Friday, November 22, 2002
What's Worse Than A Hawk? A Dove
Arguments against a war with Iraq are even more pathetic than those for it.
Tech & Science
From Wolf To Dog, Yes, But When?
Few relationships are so laden with mutual benefit as that between man and dog. Much of the credit for this unusual state of affairs, it now turns out, may lie on the canine side of the equation.
Scientists Planning To Make New Form Of Life
Scientists in Rockville are to announce this morning that they plan to create a new form of life in a laboratory dish, a project that raises ethical and safety issues but also promises to illuminate the fundamental mechanics of living organisms.
Why Does Everyone Loves Raymond?
CBS' Seinfeld for Catholics.
Deadlin Hollywood: The Untold Story
How corporate takeovers make the media less curious.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
How War Left The Law Behind
How can the Security Council's decision bind Iraq but not the United States?
In "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore once again puts distortions and contradictions before the truth.
Reflections On A Half-Century In And Around Newsroom
The commercial terms "properties" or "products" dehumanize newspapers, making them impersonal businesses without souls. The Sacramento Bee is not a property or product. It is an institution —an exceedingly fine one; a proud newspaper with a heart.
Truth Is Another Country
It may seem a grave limitation for any writer to leave the facts as facts, but self-limitation is a key to art. On this frontier we should stand.
Luxury Goods Special: Confessions Of A Dustjacket Junkie
The highs and lows of being addicted to collecting books.
Lego Site Irks Maori Sympathizer
A website for fans of Lego's Bionicle action figures has come under attack from a person angry at the use of Maori words on the website.
Salon Offers Free Access If You View Ads
Fighting for survival, the online magazine Salon.com has introduced an unusual advertising program that waives subscription fees for readers willing to wade through an interactive commercial.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
The Phantom Empire
The Left and Right agree: the United States — once a republic that minded its own business — has become an empire that looks after everyone else's. They're wrong.
Tech & Science
Black Holes Are Double Trouble For Galaxy
Two monstrous black holes are jostling for power in the same galaxy, the Chandra X-ray satellite has revealed. The pair will slam into each other in a few hundred million years, giving the fabric of space-time a good shake.
Who Wants To Live Forever?
What kind of person believes it's possible to live forever? An Internet entrepreneur, a psychiatrist, an artificial intelligence expert, a nanotechnology expert, a science-fiction writer, a nurse and the wife of a professional wrestler, just to name a few, all very much believe in that possibility.
Political Spam: Get Used To It
An outraged constituent is suing Elizabeth Dole's campaign for sending junk e-mail. Is spam from politicians a crime — or a vital First Amendment right?
Turkey Finds Its Inner Duck (And Chicken)
They call it turducken: testing the Southern tradition of a bird within a bird within a bird.
England's Must-Pay TV
And you thought HBO had a brilliant business model.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Apple For Teacher Was Rotten To The Core
Wall Street's credibility was downgraded to junk status last week.
China's Three Lies
The three Chinese lies go to the heart of the challenges that the country faces in the coming years.
Tech & Science
Armageddon Can Wait: Stopping Killer Asteroids
Sooner or later, scientists who study Earth-crossing asteroids say, astronomers will find one that has a significant chance of striking the planet.
Rainy Day Demands A Script Revise
What's a kid to do on a rainy afternoon in L.A.? Write a comedy script, of course.
Zines, In A Zone All Their Own
Zine Guide is, in short, a celebration of the weirder fruits of the First Amendment.
Egon Kafka, The Man Who Couldn't Stop Taking Buses
The mania to collect is well known, but not clearly understood.
Haggis, The Food Of Poets (Well, One Scottish Poet)
Consider the haggis and you may well wonder how it inspired a rhapsodic poem, became Scotland's national dish and touched off an incipient rebellion when Britain's food safety office hinted that it might ban it.
Paul Muldoon Doesn't Mind Being Called A Difficult Poet
He is writing difficult poetry for a diffcult age.
Lilly Heir Makes $100 Million Bequest To Poetry Magazine
An ailing heir who tried but failed to have her poems published in a small literary journal has given that journal an astonishing bequest that is likely to be worth more than $100 million.
A gavel stroke away from being the world's most powerful human, he becomes someone's suburban neighbor instead. What is that like? Al Gore wasn't telling...until now.
Post-Valentine's Day With Waitress
"Are you reading poetry?" the way someone
asks, "Are you wearning pants?"
Monday, November 18, 2002
No Time To Go It Alone
Europe and the United States and their mutual need for NATO.
Tech & Science
The Power Of Regret
Regret is as old as conscience itself. Yet only recently have researchers begun to clarify its emotional impact, and learn how it affects our health and behavior.
Asia Scares America
A Japanese thriller gets a Hollywood remake, and suddenly U.S. moguls are mad for Eastern movies.
Ha Ha Ha Ha—Huh?
Fred Flintstone on trial. Scooby Doo on dope. There's something funny going on in TV cartoons.
How Kenneth Feinberg determines the value of three thousand lives.
Trading Fiction's Comfort For A Chance To Look Life In The Eye
I didn't know that exploring the truth of some people's lives, and the stories they had to tell, would overturn my prejudices and my common sense and poke a sharp stick into the blind spots.
The Ant Of The Self
"Opportunities," my father says after I bail him out of jail. "You've got to invest your money if you want opportunities."
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Public Schools And The American Dream
The greatest single innovation of our democracy has been the idea of public school.
For Me, It Was Never About God
Why would an organization demand a rote expression of religious faith when it's in a position to cultivate the real thing from scratch?
Flooded With Comments, Officials Plug Their Ears
The public comment period has become a widely discredited measure of public sentiment because it has been susceptible to what critics call AstroTurf campaigns, the opposite of real grass-roots efforts, in which advocacy groups encourage their members to sign their names on form letters.
Tech & Science
In Theory, It's True (Or Not)
With no way to get a grip on the slippery mathematical emulsion, verification seems impossible. The theory is so bad that — to use physicists' worst possible epithet — it is not even wrong.
The Costly Case Of The Purple Pill
The story of one blockbuster heartburn drug tells you everything you need to know about the high cost of prescription medicine.
The Generation Gap
Still waiting for your real life to start? Maybe you've got a 'placebo' existence.
Bringing Up Baby
A survival guide to the pitfalls of parenting.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's bookcase.
This Is A Headline For An Essay About Meta
Not quite parody but possibly ironic and probably postmodern — what these jokes are, as the former English majors out there will no doubt recognize, is meta.
Central Florida, Pre-Mickey
There are places where river cruises encounter real snakes and gators, not mechanical creations; where stately live oaks are the topiaries of cow pastures; and where your fish dinner comes from the lake where you caught it.
Making His Numbers
Life is a sine curve, with its endless ups and downs. Things are never as good as they seem, or as bad as they seem.
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Tech & Science
Food For Thought
It is not just changes in diet that have created many of our pervasive health problems but the interaction of shifting diets and changing lifestyles.
Seven Inches Of Heaven
In the century of popular culture, no item of software wielded as much influence as the seven-inch record.
Teachers Wrap Lessons In Fiction
Looking for fresh ways to engage overloaded students, a growing number of professors at big universities and small colleges are supplementing traditionally sober textbooks with a curious genre: the textbook-novel.
Toy Makers Hope Children Will See Oldies As Goodies
For toy makers approaching Christmas, this is not a big year for originality.
A Life That Gained In The Translation
Tatiana Kudriavtseva, bringing Russia the best of American literature.
Soft News And Hard Candy
The Wall Street Journal's "Personal Journal" is too much of a good thing.
Friday, November 15, 2002
The Polling Results Are In: You're A Liar
The problem isn't with us, dear voters — or even with you, dear nonvoters. The problem is with the pollsters' inability to account for an increasingly uncooperative public.
You Are A Suspect
The government's infinite knowledge about you is its power over you. "We're just as concerned as the next person with protecting privacy," this brilliant mind blandly assured The Post. A jury found he spoke falsely before.
Tech & Science
First Citizen Of The Space-Time World
For those who think of Einstein mainly as the wild-haired geek responsible for mind-bending and obscure pronouncements about space, time and the universe, "Einstein", at American Museum of Natural History, is likely to be an eye-opener.
Japan's Lunchbox Fare Pleases Eye, Palate
A colorful, enticing meal is important in Japanese families. The Japanese learn early on to "eat with their eyes."
Where Witty Meets Gritty
Manhattan's Lower East Side, the underground's underground, is becoming gallery territory.
Newsweek is moved from Row 3 to Row 6 in the White House briefing room. Bob Uecker would be proud.
Will The Real Bil Wyman Please Tune Up?
I was shocked to see that the "cease and desist" part had to do with me using ... My own name?
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Critique Of Pure Comedy
The terrorists' humor problem — and our own.
Will The DVD Save Movies?
Film purists have long wanted to watch movies "as they were meant to be seen." With the art house all but dead, the future of film is right there in your living room.
Grin And Hug It
Bearing up well, the ubiquitous Teddy turns 100.
How To Build A Better Bureaucrat
Take integrity and hard work and shower with praise.
BYOB, But It'll Cost You
More people are bringing their own wine, and restaurants are fighting back with tougher rules and corkage fees as high as $50.
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
The ugly idea that non-soldiers have less right to argue for war.
Tech & Science
A new study tars microchip manufacturing as wasteful and inefficient. Whatever happened to high tech's squeaky-clean image?
If You're Beautiful, Life Is Easy
It began with entertainment, the arts and sport, but now in every walk of life looks are a more important guide to success than talent. It's all over for the fat lady, whether she can sing or not.
It Takes A Wedding
Might marriage be making a comeback in communities where the vast majority of children are born to single parents?
Waiter, Are There Carbs In My Soup?
New York City restaurants are being swarmed by a fat-seeking, protein-craving army.
The Big Flavors Of Little Rhode Island
If the notion of Rhode Island food specialties seems dubious, think again.
Thong Of The South
How a Kentucky smut shop put the starch in Victoria's Secret's shorts.
Putting Letterman On Radio Is A Stupid Corporate Trick
Letterman on radio is a boneheaded idea, largely because Letterman relies on a lot of visual shtick.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Let 'The Quiet American' Speak
Our willingness to question our leaders without fear is the very essence of our patriotism.
Election Will Make Life Better — For The Rich
Americans have just voted for a cartel economy, whether they realize it or not. They've reinforced the power of a corporate and political elite that serves itself first, and cares little for average people.
Match Made In Heaven, Match Made In Hell
True-life tales of lust, horror — and martial bliss — from the world of online romance.
Movie Retreads On The Skids
No matter how hard Hollywood tries to brainwash moviegoers into embracing familiarity, when we gather in the dark we crave something fresh and new.
The Whole Mom Catalogue
A hot new novel addresses career mothers. It's total fiction.
A Writer Leaves History Behind To Celebrate Trees
Thomas Pakenham is an Anglo-Irish military historian who has taken to writing about trees: great trees and how to appreciate them.
Monday, November 11, 2002
The Chinese Communist Party still wants nothing less than total control.
Dad, Can I Borrow The Scepter?
Even as our mos tlegendary political dynasty withers away, American democracy is becoming oddly more dynastic, not less so.
Tech & Science
The Sugar Habit
Just a sweet tooth or a real addiction? Once skeptical, scientists take a closer look at the notion that people can get hooked on sugar as if it were a drug.
Are We There Yet?
Airports have to meet tougher standards for checking baggage this holiday season. Get ready for a big mess.
When The Audience Is Scarier Than The Movie
I challenged movie demographics the other night and ended up in teenage hell. It wasn't so much the film, which was "The Ring," but the audience. Ninety percent of it consisted of those between the ages of 13 and 16, and they were there to be heard.
There Shouldn't Be A Remote Control On How We Watch DVDs
What would you think if you had to get permission from the architect before you could have your house painted another color? How would you feel if the photographer had to agree with your selection of a frame for a favorite photograph? What if the director of a movie could decide when it was OK for you to fast-forward through a DVD you had rented?
Gone With The Wind
Has the once-towering genre of Southern Literature lost its compass?
HarperCollins Plans The Timing Of 'Prey' Almost To A Nanosecond
The planning behind the date's selection, and the intensely concentrated promotion that will accompany "Prey," show how the "opening" of a major book has increasingly come to resemble the opening of a movie.
Aspiring Screenwriters Turn To Web For Encouragement
Internet sites for amateur screenwriters are opening faster than James Bond sequels.
A Call To Honor
My father died two years ago. He was a veteran of two wars, in Korea and Vietnam, and for reasons of his own, he didn't want the military funeral he was entitled to. But Veterans Day seems like a good time to honor his service to his country with a story about his lifelong love of the bugle call, taps.
Walter Such was a translator. He liked to write with a green fountain pen that he had a habit of raising in the air slightly after each sentence, almost as if his hand were a mechanical device. He could recite lines of Blok in Russian and then give Rilke's translation of them in German, pointing out their beauty. He was a sociable but also sometimes prickly man, who stuttered a little at first and who lived with his wife in a manner they liked. But Marit, his wife, was ill.
Sunday, November 10, 2002
Are We The Wave Of The Future Or Have We Just Gone Surfin'
California seems to have lost its direction.
Tech & Science
Sensors Gone Wild
An experiment in the California desert and an executive suite in Tokyo provide tantalizing hints of how a networked world could make everyday life a lot more precise and profound.
The Art Of Entertaining
Dinner parties are back, but formality is not. Think intimate late-night gatherings with an eclectic guest list and surprising presentation. Southern Californians show us the new wave of party-giving.
The Parent Trap
What happens when parents wield too much power over what goes on in their children's schools?
A Classroom Crusade
Eric Smith wants to prove he can eliminate the achievement gap that divides blacks and Hispanics from Asians and whites. His stint in Maryland will put him to the test.
If a novel has already brought to life — real life — the world it invented, can a sequel by another writer possibly get the job done?
For All You Observers Of The Urban Extravaganza
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio have defined a new building type for the contemporary city: the urban viewing platform.
A New Platform For The New Poets
"Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" combines the ancient traditions of bards and griots and the more recent resurgence of spoken-word and hip-hop.
An Animal's Place
Animal rights advocates present a compelling vision of a more moral world. But this vision is ecologically foolhardy — and based on a naÔve definition of animal happiness.
Saturday, November 9, 2002
Tech & Science
Warming Waters And Dying Lobsters
A scientist's discovery may support the claim that a global climate change is responsible for a precipitous decline in Long Island Sound lobsters.
TiVo Is To TV As Slicing Was To Bread
I'm telling you, if you get hooked on a DVR and find others haven't adapted, it's like when you call someone and the phone rings and rings and rings — and you realize the person doesn't own an answering machine. Damn Luddites.
Rules For A Complex Quantum World
Scientists' current understanding of quantum mechanics is like that of a slow-learning student of chess. We've known the rules for more than 70 years, and we have a few clever moves that work in some special situations, but we're only gradually learning the high-level principles needed to play a skillful overall game.
Hide, Seek For Power Bricks
Those people who tend to buy consumer electronics have not only run out of money, we've run out of wall outlets.
The World, With A Sigh And A Wink
Yiddish literature can be unpredictably unsettling, combining innocence and sentiment with dark sarcasm and knowing irony.
Friday, November 8, 2002
Machiavelli In Mesopotamia
The case against the case against "regime change" in Iraq.
Losers In The War Of Ideas
Where Democrats lost is in the war of ideas.
Into The Wilderness
For those of us who think the nation has taken a disastrous wrong turn these past two years, Tuesday's election changed everything and nothing.
Sky Mall Reminds Us You Can Never Be Too Careful
It wasn't the heightened security efforts at airports that got me, or the need to look carefully at all the other passengers' shoes, but a fascinating catalog provided on airplanes called Sky Mall.
It's Deja Vu For Nostalgic Diners
"New York Eats Out" at the New York Public Library gives an all-too-fleeting overview of the city's high and low cuisine for the last 150 years.
Gary Perlsgtein is a "terrorism expert." Because we said so.
Thursday, November 7, 2002
24 Little Hours
America turns right. What a difference a day makes.
Leftists Turn Blind Eye To Iraqis' Plight
Tyranny victims need U.S. help to win rights.
Will The Party Lose China?
The party today faces dual crises of identity and legitimacy.
Brunettes Have Less Fun
Why does putting on lipstick make me feel like Lily Savage's corpse?
What became of you, O alterna-hipster movie goddess of the bygone slacker era? A Winona boy laments his fallen idol.
Pilot Project Is Sending Books To American Troops Abroad
The month, the Armed Services Editions are returning with 100,000 copies of new versions of four books being printed in the same wide, brightly colored "cargo pocket" format.
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
The American Idol
If you think Germany is turning anti-American, pay attention to what happened here last month when President Clinton visited Berlin.
When Did ESPN Stop Doing Sports?
The netwok has become the Worldwide Leader in Hot Air.
Genius? Hack? Genius?
Brian De Palma comes clean on his tawdry new film, the old "Scarface" controversy and the reasons "Bonfire of the Vanities" flopped.
Heart Of Understanding
Literature deepens our thinking in a world of sound bites. On this, dear teachers, surely we can agree.
One Of Those Days When Things Go Right
Business travel has gotten a bad rap, especially after Sept. 11. But now and then, something magical happens.
Tiger In A Lifeboat, Panther In A Lifeboat: A Furor Over A Novel
Yann Martel readily admits that his novel, "Life of Pi," the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize, was inspired by the premise of a Brazilian novel.
Say Cheese, For Airport Insecurity And For Art
A Canadian artist gathered an unusual collection of photos taken at security checkpoints by spreading the word on Web 'zines.
A Double Bed With Wings
Singapore Airlines is introducing what it says is the first airline double bed to its business class cabin, but while it expects to attract couples with the feature, it hopes those couples will use the beds for sleeping and cuddling only.
Tuesday, November 5, 2002
Government By Procrastination
If there is one word that characterizes the just-finished midterm campaign, it is avoidance.
No other idea so enchanted the 20th century as Marxism.
Tech & Science
New Theory On Dinosaurs: Multiple Meteroites Did Them In
The discoveries are giving new support to the idea that killer objects from outer space may have sometimes arrived in pairs or even swarms, perhaps explaining why the extinctions seen in the fossil record can be messy affairs.
Students Build A System To Solve A Cosmic Puzzle
Students from nine New York high schools are participating in an experiment where they will try to discover the origin of high-energy cosmic particles.
Everybody Loves Gilbert!
Economic challenges notwithstanding, we are witnessing a small boom in magazine start-ups.
Voting Into The Void
New touch-screen voting machines may look spiffy, but some experts say they can't be trusted.
The game moves out of the back yard and into the arena, as Americans play catch-up on a global sports favorite.
The Serendipitous Life Of The Solo Voyager
Those who travel alone return with tales of instant friendships, bouts of loneliness, romantic fantasies and peeks at myriad lives.
For Canada's Top Novelists, Being Born Abroad Helps
A good many if not a majority of the leading lights of Canadian letters today are immigrants, including the three finalists for the Booker Prize this year.
The Strange Tale Of Unlucky Luciano
Luciana Buonocore would like to be known as Luciano. In fact, he would like to be known as a man. Because he is one.
Monday, November 4, 2002
For Turnout Turnabout
It's time to get practical and solve the problem of poor voter turnout in America. Here are four different Swiftian ways.
Tech & Science
What Freud Got Right
His theories, long discredited, are finding support from neurologists using modern brain imaging.
This Contest Was Won Four Centuries Ago
Shakespeare is the greatest Briton. He invented our national identity.
68 years later, couple travels in parents' footsteps.
Magazine's Ink Running Out
Business Foward gets its own lesson in local economics.
Fir The Irish, Long-Windedness Serves As A Literary Virtue
The Irish don't really think about writing, it is just a natural extension of what we do all the time, which is talking.
It was the season of mud, drainpipes drooling, the gutters clogged with debris, a battered and penitential robin fixed like a statue on every lawn.
Need A Used-Book Store? Write An Essay Online
Karen Tolley thought her used-book store in the tiny town of Roseburg, Ore., might fetch about $150,000 if put up for sale, but she wanted her payment to come with a touch of poetry, too.
Sunday, November 3, 2002
Learning To Love Deficits
Liberals were right then, wrong now. How did this change of heart come about?
A Voice Inside
We can put throwaway kids in prison, but that doesn't mean they'll be quiet.
An Enduring Elitist And His Popular Museum
People can agree about two things when it comes to art museums now, that they're popular, and that they are suffering an identity crisis.
What, Me Worry About Insults?
With the 50th anniversary issue now on newsstands, here are some past love letters to Mad.
Saturday, November 2, 2002
Embryos Made Easy
Does President Bush believe that embryos are human beings with full hukman rights, or does he not?
The Romance Of The Monorail
The mass transit technology of Tomorrowland finally reaches today.
What Did Poe Know About Cosmology? Nothing. But He Was Right.
Eighty years before 20th-century cosmologists hammered out the math, Poe, it turns out, came up with a rudimentary version of contemporary science's best guess for explaining how the universe began.
"How Did I Do This Before Google?"
The relationship between newspapers and computers got off to a shaky start, but it was destined to go the distance. What are the ramifications?
Classroom Research And Cargo Cults
After many years of educational research, it is disconcerting — and also deeply significant — that we have little dependable research guidance for school policy.
Friday, November 1, 2002
Step Right Up, Walk Right In
This is homeland security?
So began the pre-election phase of the Minnesota Democrats' post-election campaign.
Tech & Science
NP Or Not NP?
Dr Demaine and his colleagues have demonstrated that Tetris belongs to a class of mathematical problems known as NP-complete.
Selling The Free Lunch
Perpetual motion has changed its name but not its methods.
10 Confounding Cosmic Questions
Hereís my own personal list of ten Confounding Cosmic Questions, in no particular order, along with some less confounding answers.
In Chicago, the Tribune Co.'s Red Eye races Hollinger's Red Streak to the bottom.
The Pinch Of Piracy Wakes China Up On Copyright Issue
Throughout the 1990's, intellectual property was mainly seen as a trade dispute pitting the wealthy West against the developing East. It's now also a domestic struggle, with local stars complaining that they get little fortune from their own fame.
My Father, The Ghost Hunter
It's only now that I am an adult and can look back at my childhood memories with a new perspective and realize that he was more than just my dad. It is only now that I can come to terms with the idea that my father could see ghosts.
A Grimace For Le Big Mac
The French division of McDonald's has run ads that included a surprising suggestion: Kids shouldn't eat at McDonald's more than once a week.